Wednesday, December 21, 2005

another gift from Asparagus...yes, another!!

First, a tidbit of RED transfer gossip:

O
n the dance floor, eyeing up the talent, is Benitez, Liverpool's hugely impressive manager. His possible targets include Daniel Agger (Brondby), Nemanja Vidic (Spartak Moscow), and Christian Wilhelmsson (Anderlecht). He understands the inherent perils. "It is difficult to sign in January because the best players are playing in good teams," Benitez observed.

The Spaniard smiled when asked how much homework he did checking into backgrounds. The widening of his lips indicated his research had been thorough into Pepe Reina, Momo Sissoko, Peter Crouch and Bolo Zenden. Good characters all, they arrived last summer and have done well, barring poor Zenden, currently in a Colorado clinic having a knee repaired.

"I knew both Pepe, who is very, very positive, and Momo, who is a good worker," Benitez said. "Bolo has experience of playing over here, he was out of contract and a good option for us. It was easier with Peter because he is English and we were talking about him for three months before the end of the season. But it is not normal for all of your players to do so well so quickly."

Benitez's disappointments so far have been Josemi, Fernando Morientes and Antonio Nunez. Overall and overlooking a bizarre decision not to re-sign Michael Owen, Benitez excels in the market: Xabi Alonso is a joy to watch while Luis Garcia has grown in stature. While acknowledging the dangers of shopping in January, the Kop await their wise leader's next signing with relish.

New York Style football with a military excort. This is one of our mini Nike-sponsored tournaments. Photo curtosy of GERHARD STOCHL

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